You may be entitled to an educational assistance allowance if you participate in an activity agreement. An activity agreement is an agreement between a young person and a counsellor for the young person to participate in an apprenticeship and activity programme to help them prepare for formal learning or employment. The new NOLB business agreements will be implemented throughout the city, with the supply divided into five hubs: two in the north, two in the south and one in the city centre. Activity agreements are for people between the ages of 15.5 and 19, but up to the age of 26 for people with multiple barriers, as outlined in the NOLB Emerging Best Practice Guide. Committed employees work with young people to agree on a set of tailor-made activities, to encourage them and help them take the next step towards a positive goal. The activity agreements are open to 16-19 year olds who are unemployed and need additional help to help them develop their skills in access to formal education or employment. An activity contract is one of the target options for a young person who reaches the legal age of school trip or can be an option at any time between the ages of 16 and 19. It is part of the Scottish Government`s guarantee of continuing education as part of Opportunities for All. Young people have the right to apply for an Education Support Allowance (EMA), which amounts to £30 per week if they meet the criteria.
The service provides regular support to a young person through a NOLB Activity Agreement Coach and works on an individual plan to help them achieve their goals. Participants can also benefit from the living allowance.